The Missing Picture

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Cambodia | 2013 | 92 Minutes | Rithy Panh

March 30, 2014

Special HRWFF Sneak Preview

Academy Award® Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Rithy Panh uses a mixture of archival footage, small clay figures, and heartbreakingly intimate narration, to tell the story of his family, who were forced from their home by the Khmer Rouge.

March 30: Special Human Rights Watch sneak preview screening.
April 4-11: Week run engaement at SIFF Film Center. 

Returning to further explore the atrocities uncovered in his groundbreaking film S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine, Panh is on a quest to recreate the missing images to accompany his firsthand experience of how his family and friends suffered at the hands of the Pol Pot's communist regime. Since most of the existing recorded artifacts of that time are propaganda footage, Panh utilizes beautifully-sculpted clay figurines and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate his memories. His recollections of his family and friends before and after the regime's rule are poignantly told through a narrator's poetic voice, creating a unique documentary of a historical moment that would never be told if not for the sheer creative mind of Panh's innovative storytelling method.

"Essential! A haunting, at times shocking movie — part memoir, part indictment." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times